The gap continues to widen between #1 QB Matt Cassel and #2 Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel was ahead of the rookie going into Friday night’s preseason opener vs. Oakland and came out looking even more like the week 1 starter. Bridgewater had a chance to make up some ground Monday night in practice, but instead only slid further behind, throwing three interceptions under the lights.
The interception thing is becoming a pesky little nagging issue for Bridgewater, who may be picking up the offense just fine in the study room but is not yet translating that knowledge into consistent, well-executed reps on the practice field.
Fans may be quick to dismiss Bridgewater’s practice struggles as rookie-learning-curve stuff, but Bridgewater himself seems to be getting frustrated with his inability to clean up the bad reads and bad throws.
Bridgewater still has plenty of time to show improvement before the season begins, but I think we can kiss goodbye the thought of the rookie being ready to start week 1. Unless Bridgewater really wows in the final practices and preseason games, and Cassel badly stumbles, you can confidently expect Cassel to be the man behind center when the Vikings kick off their season September 7.
That’s not a hater hating on Teddy, that’s just reality folks. Like it or not, Teddy is not looking good.